minor orders

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minor order

n. Ecclesiastical
often minor orders In some Christian churches, one of the lower grades of the ministry, such as lector or acolyte in Roman Catholicism or reader or subdeacon in Eastern Orthodoxy.

minor orders

pl n
(Roman Catholic Church) RC Church the four lower degrees of holy orders, namely porter, exorcist, lector, and acolyte. Compare major orders